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Ski resorts for every type of winter traveler

Whether you're a first-time skier, a black diamond aficionado or fall somewhere in between, there's a ski resort for you. And, hey, even if the whole skiing -- or snowboarding, or snow tubing -- thing doesn't work out, there's always hot cocoa in the lodge. And probably a massage or two to be had.

The something-for-everyone resort: Killington

They don't call this Vermont ski resort
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They don't call this Vermont ski resort "The Beast" for nothing. Killington has the most expansive snowmaking and lift network (22 lifts) in the area. Plus it's got more than 90 miles of diverse terrain spread out over six peaks. New this year: The Beast Mountain Coaster, which is open for thrills on weekends. Status: Projected opening date to be announced soon.

The smaller, family-friendly resort: Ski Butternut

Located in the cute Berkshires town of Great
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Located in the cute Berkshires town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Butternut offers 110 acres of skiing and snowboarding and 22 trails. There's also day care and tubing available for those who don't want to -- or can't yet -- hit the slopes, as well as a brand new terrain-based learning center, sculpted to make it easier for beginners. Status: Tentative opening day is Dec. 4.

The snow tuber's dream: Camelback Mountain Resort

If you want to ski or snowboard, this
Photo Credit: Camelback Mountain Resort

If you want to ski or snowboard, this Poconos resort has 12 beginners' trails, 10 intermediate and eight expert. But if skiing isn't your thing, they've got another fun activity for you: snow tubing. In fact, Camelback has the largest snow tubing park in the country, with 40-plus tubing lanes. Single and double tubes are both available. New this year: The Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark. It's a ski in/ski out hotel with 453 rooms, bars and eateries, plus the largest indoor water park in the U.S. Status: Should open Nov. 27.

The kid-friendly resort: Okemo Mountain Resort

This mom-and-pop Vermont resort offers lessons for skiers
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This mom-and-pop Vermont resort offers lessons for skiers and boarders as young as 3 years old (those are called Little Dippers). There's also day care for kids ages six months to four years old and a "kids night out" pizza party for kids ages 6 months to 12 years every Saturday night starting Dec. 19, just in case mom and dad want an adults-only evening. Status: Estimated opening day is Nov. 14.

For cross-country skiing: The Catamount Outdoor Family Center

This spot in Williston, Vermont, offers more than
Photo Credit: Facebook / Catamount Outdoor Family Center

This spot in Williston, Vermont, offers more than 20 miles of cross-country ski trails with varied terrain -- both flat and hilly and wooded and open sections. There's also a full-service rental center for kids and adults. Group lessons are available. Status: Should open Dec. 1.

For snowboarders: Stratton Mountain Ski Resort

This Vermont spot is well known to snowboarders
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This Vermont spot is well known to snowboarders as the place where Jake Burton, founder of the largest snowboard company in the world, worked on his snowboard prototype. And the big news this year (at least for New Yorkers) is that, starting in January, there's a Jitney that goes directly from Manhattan to Stratton Mountain on Fridays. Status: Projected opening day is Nov. 25.

For serious spa pampering: Fairmont Banff Springs Alberta

This Canadian hotel, which happens to look like
Photo Credit: Fairmont Banff Springs Alberta

This Canadian hotel, which happens to look like a castle, offers access to three of the best skiing mountains in North America. But another major draw is the Willow Stream spa, which has won just about every spa award there is. Hot springs attracted visitors to the area 100 years ago, and the spa honors that tradition with waterfalls and a mineral pool. There are also all manner of scrubs, facials and massages, in addition to ski-themed restorative treatments. Status: Open now. Skiing usually starts in mid-November.

For blowing your upcoming bonus: Gstaad Palace

Forget the U.S. slopes and head to this
Photo Credit: Gstaad Palace

Forget the U.S. slopes and head to this five-star century-old hotel perched on a hilltop in Switzerland. After skiing, indulge in hotel's ammam experience, which lasts two hours and has you traveling through seven different rooms for soaks and massages. The closest international airport is Geneva (about two hours by train or car). Status: Opens Dec. 18

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